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Finding Dory Review

27 July 2016 3:01 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Thirteen years ago, Pixar first dipped their toes into the ocean with Finding Nemo, and it’s safe to say  the charming undersea adventure holds a special place in the heart of many a generation. A sequel was something I think we all wanted, but maybe never really thought we needed. The first movie was pretty much perfect: charming, funny, and an endlessly emotional experience. We quote it endlessly, probably watch it more than that. But a sequel is what we got, with Finding Dory putting Ellen DeGeneres’ forgetful blue tang front and centre, with original director Andrew Stanton returning along with pretty much all the cast. And thankfully it was worth the wait, while not exactly reaching the heights of the original. One year after the events of the first movie, Dory has settled into her life living with Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence). But when she »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Movie Review – Finding Dory (2016)

27 July 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Finding Dory, 2016.

Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane.

Featuring the voice talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olsen, Ty Burrell, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bob Peterson, Kate McKinnon, Sloane Murray, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Vicki Lewis, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, and Willem Dafoe.

Synopsis:

Dory is on a desperate mission to find her family. With the help of Marlon and Nemo, they end up at a Marina that introduces our friends to new animals and clues to a past Dory never knew she had…

When Finding Dory was announced, many were sceptical. Two years prior, the dreadful Cars 2 marked a low-point for Pixar while Monsters University was due for release. Between 2010 and 2013 only the lacklustre Brave was an original. Finding Nemo was always a complete film, famous for a heart-wrenching opening and a dark »

- Simon Columb

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Newswire: Here’s what’s coming to (and leaving from) Netflix in August

25 July 2016 10:53 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Summer’s about halfway over, which means it’s time to start wringing all of the joy out of the remaining, snow-less weeks of the year. Your progress will impeded and aided by Netflix’s new arrivals and departures—which include a new David Cross special (coming!) and Teen Witch (going!)—which will alternately consume and free up your time.

August features a lot of Netflix original debuts, including the stop-motion The Little Prince. Mark Osborne’s screen adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella was summarily dropped by Paramount from the distribution schedule earlier this year, but Netflix snapped it up in March. Still, the movie won over the Cannes Crowd, and features a star-studded voice cast, including Jeff Bridges (as the aging Aviator), Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Albert Brooks, Marion Cotillard, and Benicio Del Toro. You’ll get your first gander at the film on August 5.

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- Danette Chavez

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Director/ writer/ actor Gary Marshall dies at age 81

22 July 2016 9:49 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On Tuesday July 19, Hollywood lost a giant in the world of comedy with the passing of beloved director/writer/producer/actor Gary Marshall at the age of 81. While most of the news outlets focused in on his considerable work in television (he practically owned Tuesday nights in the 1970’s with his “Happy Days” empire), this site would like to salute Mr. Marshall’s work on both sides of the camera.

After impressive writing credits on many of the classic sitcoms of the 1960’s, it was inevitable that the movie studios would tap him to contribute to several screenplays. The first was produced in 1968, a marriage comedy starring James Garner and Debbie Reynolds, How Sweet It Is. A youth-oriented romantic comedy starring Jacqueline Bisset, The Grasshopper, was released in 1970. TV triumphs quickly followed, so Marshall’s movie career was put on hold for more than a dozen years. 1982 was the year »

- Jim Batts

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Stars Mourn the Death of Garry Marshall: 'Thank You for My Professional Life,' Says Henry Winkler

20 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Garry Marshall's death had a profound effect on Hollywood. The writer/director/actor passed away on Tuesday evening from complications of pneumonia following a stroke at a hospital in Burbank, California. He was 81. Among those who honored Marshall with condolences and prayers was Henry Winkler whose role of the Fonz on the Garry Marshall sitcom Happy Days launched his career. "Rest In Peace .. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty, friendship and generosity," Winkler tweeted, adding, "Larger than life, funnier than most , wise and the definition of friend." Richard Gere, who starred in Marshall's Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride, »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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Rip Garry Marshall; Happy Days creator, Pretty Woman director dies aged 81

19 July 2016 11:14 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Garry Marshall, who created the smash-hit TV show Happy Days has died at the age of 81. Marshall died on Tuesday afternoon in California of complications from pneumonia following a stroke, his publicist Michelle Bega said.

Marshall was also the director of the break-out Julia Roberts and Richard Gere film Pretty Woman, as well as Runaway Bride, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day, The Princess Diaries, and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

He also wrote scripts for The Lucy Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show back in the 1960s, but found huge success in the 1970s creating Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork and Mindy.

Tributes for the Hollywood legend started pouring in via Twitter following the news of his death.

Garry Marshall Rest In Peace .. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty , friendship and generosity .

Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) July »

- Paul Heath

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Garry Marshall: Henry Winkler and More Celebrities Mourn ‘Legend,’ ‘Comedy Icon’

19 July 2016 8:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pretty Woman” director and creator of “Happy DaysGarry Marshall died Tuesday at the age of 81, and it didn’t take long for the celebrity community to pay tribute to the Hollywood icon.

Henry Winkler, whose career blasted off after he landed the famous role of “The Fonz” in “Happy Days,” was one of the first to post on Twitter about Marshall. “Thank you for my professional life,” he wrote shortly after news broke.

Sarah Paulson, who starred in Marshall’s 1999 film “The Other Sister” as well as his 2011 movie “New Year’s Eve,” thanked him for “taking a chance on me.” Bob Saget called him “a comedy icon and a wonderful friend.”

Richard Gere, who starred in “Pretty Woman,” said Marshall “had a heart of the purest gold” in a statement: “Garry of course was one of those truly important people one is blessed to meet in one’s lifetime. »

- Alex Stedman

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Garry Marshall: Henry Winkler and More Celebrities Mourn ‘Legend,’ ‘Comedy Icon’

19 July 2016 8:52 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Pretty Woman” director and creator of “Happy DaysGarry Marshall died Tuesday at the age of 81, and it didn’t take long for the celebrity community to pay tribute to the Hollywood icon.

Henry Winkler, whose career blasted off after he landed the famous role of “The Fonz” in “Happy Days,” was one of the first to post on Twitter about Marshall. “Thank you for my professional life,” he wrote shortly after news broke.

Sarah Paulson, who starred in Marshall’s 1999 film “The Other Sister” as well as his 2011 movie “New Year’s Eve,” thanked him for “taking a chance on me.” Bob Saget called him “a comedy icon and a wonderful friend.”

Richard Gere, who starred in “Pretty Woman,” said Marshall “had a heart of the purest gold” in a statement: “Garry of course was one of those truly important people one is blessed to meet in one’s lifetime. Besides »

- Alex Stedman

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14 Powerful Songs of Protest the Black Lives Matter Movement Has Inspired

13 July 2016 11:25 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Like any powerful social movement, Black Lives Matter has inspired a flood of artwork in its wake. As Professor Daphne A. Brooks writes, the cause has especially kicked off "a new golden age of protest music" with echoes of 1960s, when antiwar sentiment and the civil rights movement were at the forefront of the national consciousness. It was a time when artists like Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Sam Cooke quite literally raised their voices in protest to confront racism and antiblack violence. Now, a new wave of performers is following in those footsteps and providing a soundtrack both inspired by and in support of Black Lives Matter. Listen to some of the most stirring songs they've created in our playlist below. »

- Lindsay Miller

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Box Office Democracy: The Secret Life of Pets

12 July 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how at this point in my life I’m through being cool.

I’m 32 years old, I’m engaged to the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with, and I just closed on a house. I don’t need to do things anymore because I think they make me look cool. I’m going to use clip-on sunglasses, wear flip-flops despite my giant feet looking goofy in them, and I’ll wear shorts after dark if it’s a warm evening and I feel like it. If something I like happens to be cool then that’s a great coincidence, but otherwise I’m willing to wear wrestling shirts and play needlessly complicated board games.

By the same token I’m willing to say that I wholeheartedly enjoyed The Secret Life of Pets despite it being a bit shallow from a narrative perspective, »

- Arthur Tebbel

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Is Nicolas Winding Refn Betraying His Own Talent?

10 July 2016 9:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two weekends ago, Nicolas Winding Refn’s glitzy surreal horror film “The Neon Demon” opened on 783 screens, and when the weekend was over the box-office tally was far scarier than anything in the movie. Presented as a “mainstream” crossover thriller, the film had grossed just $589,000, with a mind-bendingly low per-screen average of $752. When a movie that’s striving to be a work of art falls on its face commercially, there’s no shame in that failure. The history of cinema is dotted with great films that didn’t, at first blush, find their audience, and then become appreciated over time. Yet in this case, the failure may contain a lesson.

The reason that Amazon Studios shoved “The Neon Demon” into so many theaters in the first place is that the relatively young company was betting — reasonably, I would say — that the movie, on its gorgeously bloody Day-Glo surface, was studded »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Finding Dory nears $650 million worldwide, highest-grossing domestic release of 2016

10 July 2016 3:31 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Disney continues to enjoy a stellar year at the box office, with the latest Pixar release Finding Dory overtaking Captain America: Civil War to become the highest-grossing domestic release of the year to date.

The Finding Nemo sequel fell to third at the box office this weekend, having topped the chart for the past four weeks, and has now amassed $422.6 million and counting from North America. The film is just starting to roll out internationally, where it has grossed a further $220.2 million to take its total haul to $642.8 million to date.

Disney has the three biggest worldwide releases of the year so far in Civil War ($1.150 billion), Zootopia ($1.021 billion) and The Jungle Book ($936 million), and it’s surely only a matter of time before Dory overtakes Deadpool ($781.6 million) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($872.7 million) to claim fourth place. And, with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story due in December, »

- Gary Collinson

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Looking For Albert Brooks In The Netflix World

10 July 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

In the hierarchy of significance in what made news this past week, the sudden availability of the entirety of Albert Brooks’ output of feature films as a writer-director via Netflix Streaming may not carry the urgency of, say, the alarming continuance of African-American deaths under police fire, the attack on a peaceful protest against police violence by shooters who killed five law enforcement officers and wounded several more in Dallas, the ongoing partisan bloviating inspired by the FBI’s decision to not charge Hilary Clinton with federal crimes, or the frightening clown circus of offenses that characterizes the dawning of each new day in Donald Trump’s  presidential campaign. But art can, among many other things, provide a momentary respite from pain, sometimes even while examining some of the more frustrating, self-centric and petty dissonances within our own, or someone’s else’s worldview, and in this Brooks’ films at »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Box Office: ‘Secret Life of Pets’ Debuts to Massive $103.2 Million

10 July 2016 7:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Secret Life of Pets” dominated the weekend box office, racking up a massive $103.2 million and launching the first new franchise of the summer.

Its success is a feather in the cap for Illumination chief Chris Meledandri, confirming his status among the ranks of animation giants. The family film, which explores what dogs, cats, and other animal companions do while their owners are busy at work, cost an economical $75 million to produce, roughly half of what most studios spend making animated films. Universal is backing the film, which launched across 4,370 locations.

The Secret Life of Pets” easily supplanted Disney and Pixar’s “Finding Dory” from first place on the box office charts — it has topped rankings for the three prior weeks. The sequel to “Finding Nemo” slid to second place with north of $20 million, having made more than $422 million to become the highest grossing film of the year on a domestic basis, »

- Brent Lang

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Movie Review – The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

9 July 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Secret Life of Pets, 2016.

Directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney.

Featuring the voice talents of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Lake Bell, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress, Dana Carvey, Steve Coogan, and Albert Brooks.

Synopsis:

A terrier named Max regularly invites his friends to hang out at his place while his owner is gone, but his quiet life is upended when said owner also takes in Duke, a stray mutt whom Max instantly dislikes.

Movie trailers are misleading. It’s just a fact that moviegoers have come to accept. Even more so, we have come to understand that while trailers are not always indicative of what we are about to see, movies must be judged on their own merits. It is a very tough pill to swallow however with The Secret Life of Pets considering that even outside of commercials and TV spots, the »

- Robert Kojder

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Box Office: ‘Secret Life of Pets’ Dominating Weekend with $96 Million

9 July 2016 7:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Illumination-Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” is dominating the U.S. box office with a $96 million opening weekend at 4,329 locations, estimates showed Saturday.

The animated comedy took in $38 million on its opening day, five times higher than first day of “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” with about $6.6 million.

The Secret Life of Pets” will wind up dwarfing the weekend’s second-place finisher — either Disney/Pixar’s fourth weekend of “Finding Dory,” which has won three consecutive weekends, or Warner Bros.’ second weekend of “The Legend of Tarzan.” Both are heading for weekends of around $20 million.

Fox’s launch of Zac Efron’s “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” will finish fourth with about $18 million, followed by Universal/Blumhouse’s second frame of horror sequel “The Purge: Election Year”  with about $11 million at 2,821 sites.

“Pets” will post the sixth-best opening of 2016 following “Captain America: Civil War,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, »

- Dave McNary

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Box Office: ‘Secret Life of Pets’ to Sink ‘Finding Dory,’ ‘Mike and Dave’ With $95 Million Opening Weekend

8 July 2016 1:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Secret Life of Pets” looks to dominate the U.S. box office with a $95 million opening weekend, early estimates showed Friday.

The Secret Life of Pets,” from Illumination/Universal, is heading for a $35 million to $38 million opening day at 4,329 North American theaters. “Pets” could earn up to $99 million by Sunday.

Animated films will take the first two slots as Disney/Pixar’s fourth weekend of “Finding Dory” eyes a second-place finish with about $18 million, lifting its total to about $415 million by the end of the weekend.

Fox’s launch of Zac Efron’s “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” looks likely to finish third with about $16 million at 2,982 locations following an opening day of about $6 million. That should edge Warner Bros.’ second weekend of “The Legend of Tarzan” at about $15 million, with the second weekend of Disney’s “The Bfg” and Universal/Blumhouse’s “The Purge: Election Year” battling »

- Dave McNary

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 8, 2016)

8 July 2016 12:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 8. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

Wide 

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Director: Jake Szymanski

Cast: Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Zac Efron

Synopsis: Two brothers place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.

The Secret Life of Pets

Director: Chris Renaud, »

- Steve Greene

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Box Office: ‘Secret Life of Pets’ Bites Into $5.3 Million on Thursday Night

8 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Illumination-Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” bit into $5.3 million at 3,009 theaters on Thursday night at the U.S. box office.

That’s nearly as much as the $6.2 million Illumination-Universal’s animated blockbuster “Minions” earned in previews last summer on its way to a $115 million opening weekend.

Fox’s R-rated “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” starring Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza, launched with $1.6 million from 2,560 locations. The figure nearly matched the $1.7 million taken in by Efron’s “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” in May, when it opened with a $21.8 million weekend.

“Pets” is expected to gross at least $70 million this weekend and dethrone Disney-Pixar’s blockbuster “Finding Dory,” which has won three consecutive frames and dominated at multiplexes, grossing $396 million in 20 days.

Universal is opening “Pets” at 4,329 North American theaters on Friday. The film follows animals after their owners leave for work or school each day. »

- Dave McNary

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Film Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ Neuters Promising Cast

8 July 2016 5:34 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – A promising voice cast of comedy greats is effectively neutered in the blasé animated family film “The Secret Life Of Pets.” It doesn’t have the multi-layered story of the best Pixar movies – or even the “Despicable Me” films – to satisfy both kids and grownups. The bigger it tries to be, the more exhausted it seems.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

The film might have worked best as a short subject, but it simply doesn’t have enough ideas to sustain a full length animated film. It’s early scenes are the ones most likely to get your tale wagging – where we witness dogs, cats, birds, and other assorted animals in a New York CIty apartment building indulging themselves while their owners are away. They’re either nibbling on leftovers, partying with other dogs, going on walks or chasing squirrels. It’s the kind of thing that will amuse young viewers, and is »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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